The Eagles can’t have enough offensive weapons — particularly pass-catchers. Jordan Matthews was a second-round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and he sits awash in a deep group of Eagles. In Chip Kelly’s offense, however, there’s ample opportunity. His has lofty goals for improvement could point towards an immediate impact for the rookie receiver.
“… I think the biggest thing is that I’m just trying to learn,” Matthews said to Philly Sports Live Writer David Maladandra Jr.
” … Each day I’ve come out here. I’ve tried to find a new thing to work on and then just try to perfect my craft in those different areas. But the whole time just trying to learn. I’m try to learn from guys like Brad [Smith], Jeremy [Maclin] and [Riley Cooper], you know, trying to take things from each one of their games and try apply it to mine and then put my own little spice into it.”
Matthews isn’t getting ahead of himself. He’s doing the smart thing — surveying what works for successful pass-catchers on his team and adapting those successful traits to his game. The evolution of a wide receiver.
Though Matthews is making steady production, Chip Kelly wants the youngster to get more reps before he thrusts Matthews into a bigger role in the offense.
Via, ESPN, Kelly said Matthews will move up “at some point in time. The one thing you don’t want to do with anybody is just throw him out there. He doesn’t know what he’s doing. A lot of the scripting that goes on, the play calls are different for the ones and the twos and the threes.
“We’re trying to give those a guys a chance to be successful, give them a little bit of confidence, let them get their feet underneath them.”